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Otto Porter
Otto Porter
Position: F
Born: 06/03/93
Height: 6-8 / 2.03
Weight:198 lbs. / 89.8 kg.
Salary: $2,389,641
Some of the usual suspects are anchoring Golden State’s defensive effort. Draymond Green has held opponents to a field goal percentage 4 points lower than their usual averages, one of the best rates in the league, and though Andre Iguodala has been battling injuries, he has an outstanding +7.1 defensive RAPTOR in his return to the Bay Area after two seasons away. Warrior mainstay Kevon Looney continues to be one of the most underappreciated defensive big men in the game, putting up a better-than-average RAPTOR at that end for the sixth consecutive season. But Golden State’s newcomers are also playing a huge role. Bolstered by Otto Porter Jr. (+2.9 defensive RAPTOR) and Nemanja Bjelica (+3.1) in the frontcourt, the Warriors’ newcomers3 have combined for a collective +3.2 defensive RAPTOR, which ranks No. 1 among all teams’ new additions this season. (Meanwhile, our preseason forecast had projected both Porter and Bjelica to be below-average defenders.)
And everyone rebounds. The Warriors are currently the third-best rebounding team in the league despite a constant size disparity and no league leaders in the category. “If you watch tape, Andre Iguodala boxes out every single possession,” Kerr said. “Otto Porter boxes out every single possession. Beli does a good job. Damion Lee. I just think we have a veteran group who understands if you plug all the leaks, you can keep that shell tight defensively and don’t worry about who is going to get the rebound. You can do it as a team, collectively.”